College Clubs You Need to Join
Joining a student club is one of the most transformative college experiences you can have. It’s a great way to make new friends, explore interests, and kickstart your personal and professional development. Going to a college that has 350+ clubs on campus can be overwhelming when it comes to choosing the “best” one. Whether you’re interested in an academic, volunteer, or special interests club, consider 4 types of clubs that you should join at some point throughout your college career.
Who doesn’t love bread? Just kidding, but it’s a pretty cool name! Toastmasters helps you develop communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Many college campuses across the U.S. have a Toastmasters Club to give students the opportunity to become better speakers. As a former Toastmasters club member myself, I reaped many benefits from just a few meetings and got feedback from my peers on ways I could improve my tone and pacing, which helped me perform better for class presentations and interviews. If you want to level up your communication skills, check out Toastmasters!
As a Filipina woman born and raised in the U.S., I used to feel disconnected from my family culture. Joining my college’s Filipino-student club, Akbayan, allowed me to connect with others like myself and discover ways to learn about Filipino culture. These clubs usually have a mentor-mentee program called “Big and Little”, which pair freshmen with upperclassmen to learn student success tips. It’s a great way to connect with different cultures while building your network and community!
Love playing sports, but don’t see yourself joining a varsity team? Club sports are a great way to play with your friends and compete against other teams in casual matches! You will likely find club sports for popular sports like basketball, tennis, or volleyball. Even if you aren’t athletic, club sports are an accessible way to play sports in a casual environment.
Join a major-specific club if you’re looking to learn, grow, and gain experience in your current career path of interest! For example, I was an active member of my college’s marketing and advertising clubs. These clubs offer opportunities to network with peers and industry experts in your field as well as projects to develop relevant skills and experiences to enhance your resume for future internships.
These are a few types of clubs that you should consider joining on your college journey! Be sure to share your experiences and recommendations with us, your classmates, or younger classmates.